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State Rep. Angel Cruz secures $1.5 million RACP grant for A & Indiana Campus

Cruz to push tow truck operator accountability bill

(Aug 25, 2016)

In light of recent controversy over possibly illegally towed vehicles in Philadelphia, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said there is no better time than now for the House to take up his House Bill 550, which would increase tow truck operator accountability. Read more


Get the lead out: Mandatory testing of children is a no-brainer

(Jul 14, 2016)

The discovery of elevated levels of lead in Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority lines underscores the need to make sure it isn’t in our children, too. The Legislature is considering a bill that would mandate lead testing for expectant mothers and for 1- and 2-year-olds, with high-risk children getting annual checks through age 6. If lawmakers don’t pass the bill, sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia, the Allegheny County Health Department could move forward on its own and implement the testing of children here. But the Legislature should pass Mr. Cruz’s testing bill — and related legislation — so children statewide are protected. Read more


Cruz Argues for More Restrictions on Drones

(Jun 28, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz speaks on his amendment that would further protect the privacy of Pennsylvanians from unauthorized drone use. The amendment ultimately failed, but began a discussion on the need to protect citizens in their homes and on their property from drones. Read more


Cruz: Commonsense Gun Safety Reform Needed Now

(Jun 22, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz says in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, the federal and state governments need to enact commonsense measures to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. Read more


Cruz invites constituents to take part in Philadelphia Spring Cleanup

(Mar 29, 2016)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is inviting all residents of the 180th Legislative District to take part in the 2016 Philly Spring Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9. “Philadelphia is a beautiful city, and with a little help from those who call it home, I know we can make it look even better than it already does,” Cruz said. “Interested residents can contact my office for supplies or to organize groups to help beautify our district and make sure that everyone gets to enjoy a pristine Philadelphia this summer.” Read more


Legislators join Cruz in call for support of lead-testing legislation

(Mar 22, 2016)

Citing the tragedy unfolding in Flint, Michigan, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators today calling for support of a legislation package that aims to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Lead testing package to be introduced in Pennsylvania House

(Feb 11, 2016)

Citing the growing concern both nationwide and in Pennsylvania about the dangers of hidden lead poisoning, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., will introduce a package of legislation aimed at increasing lead testing in several main areas. "It’s a tragedy that the events in Flint had to remind us of the dangers of lead poisoning, but the danger is real and the danger is high," Cruz said. "Studies from the Department of Health show that multiple cities across Pennsylvania are dealing with children testing positive for high blood lead levels, including Allentown, Scranton, York, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, among others. This is not an issue we can afford to take lightly." Read more


PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more


CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more


Cruz new president of National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

(Jan 19, 2016)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was announced today as the newest president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Serving along with Cruz on the NHCSL’s Leadership Board will be: Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more


PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more


Cruz elected president of National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

(Nov 23, 2015)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was elected president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators on Saturday at the organization's annual conference. "This is a tremendous honor and an extreme privilege, and I could not be more ecstatic to hold this position and help guide the national discussion on Hispanic issues at the state level," Cruz said. "As the Hispanic population continues to grow in both Pennsylvania and around the country, we must bring forward issues that impact our Hispanic constituents, and there is no better time than now to formulate an aggressive strategy to achieve that." Read more


Cruz cites State Government Committee as reason for proper rules enforcement

(Sep 30, 2015)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced he will be introducing a resolution providing for the enforcement of the House rules in standing committee business by the Speaker. “Though the rules of the House do currently apply in standing committees, they are rarely enforced and the disrespect we saw in last week’s State Government Committee hearing by Chairman Metcalfe shows that lack of enforcement,” Cruz said. “Business in committee hearings is supposed to be conducted in a civil, orderly and respectful manner, and last week’s outburst showed zero civility or respect.” Read more


Cruz Defends Against Silencing in Committee

(Sep 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz gives a statement to the House of Representatives about the disrespectful treatment shown to another House member by the Chairman of the State Government Committee at an earlier public hearing. Read more


Cruz to call for Spanish as official language of Pennsylvania, United States

(Sep 22, 2015)

Citing the growing worldwide Hispanic population, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., will introduce resolutions calling for Spanish to be designated as the official language of Pennsylvania and urging Congress to designate it as the official language of the United States. Read more


Cruz: Help Those in Need

(Sep 09, 2015)

Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House Human Services Committee Rep. Angel Cruz says it's time to restore funding cuts to the critical human service programs that help people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, the homeless, and those looking for jobs. After years of budget cuts, Cruz says it's time for Republicans to give these programs the funding they need to help all those who need it for the long run. Read more


Cruz to introduce four resolutions honoring Hispanic heritage in Pennsylvania

(Aug 31, 2015)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., will be introducing four resolutions honoring the contributions Hispanic-Americans have made to Pennsylvania’s history, including one resolution designating Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania. “Latinos are the largest minority ethnic group in the United States today, with more than 838,000 residing in Pennsylvania,” Cruz said. “Hispanic-Americans have made substantial contributions in all facets of business, culture, education, science, sports, politics, industry and the arts in Pennsylvania and they deserve to have their efforts recognized.” Read more


Cruz to introduce legislation banning sale of toy guns

(Aug 10, 2015)

Citing the inherent danger to police and civilians, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is collecting co-sponsors for legislation that would outlaw the sale of toy or imitation firearms unless constructed in a way that they obviously do not resemble real firearms. “In a situation where someone is defending themselves against a perceived threat, the determination as to whether a gun is real or fake needs to be made within a split second,” Cruz said. “Unfortunately, with how lifelike toy guns have become, that decision is not easily made and can have life-altering consequences for both parties.” Read more